The Principle of Excellence

The Principle of Excellence : A Framework for Social Ethics

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This book is a bold attempt to reconceptualize excellence. It is no longer the virtue of doing something well or the mean of two extremes, but a clearing which allows humans to manifest their potentialities and creatively resist obstacles. The concept of excellence is emancipated from the excessive concern with order and good citizenry to become a libratory principle for interrogating all social institutions in the name of a better more

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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739136380
  • 9780739136386

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The Principle of Excellence is a startlingly fresh synthesis of intercultural perspective and thought. Wariboko here sets theologian Paul Tillich's writings in creative conversation with breath-taking array of 21st-century thinkers, resulting in sparkling new insights on Tillich, but also in a daring new vision of what the field of ethics might become. A most welcome contribution to ethics and theology today. -- Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary Nimi Wariboko's deployment of the idea of excellence for social ethical thinking is both original and refreshing. Excellence is typically identified with virtue ethics, but Wariboko brilliantly demonstrates the richness and wider utility of the idea and its plural semiotic provenances. No doubt, some may find his approach daring and provocative, even stepping on the toes of some major figures in the field, but that is precisely because this is a work that is hard to ignore. -- Simeon Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University Nimi Wariboko opens new theoretical doors on the topic of virtue and excellence, unlocked by his command of classical intellectual traditions interwoven with perspectives born out of his discerning interpretations of his cross-cultural experiences. -- Max L. Stackhouse, professor of theology and public life emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary This interdisciplinary book defies the usual categories. Rather than treating excellence as a virtue (a la MacIntyre), readers will find herein a philosophy of excellence that brings two traditions-one centered in ontology and the other in philosophical anthropology-into dialogue with each other. Religious Studies Reviewshow more

About Nimi Wariboko

Nimi Wariboko is the Katherine B. Stuart Professor of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, Massachusetts. His other books include God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World, and The Depth and Destiny of Work: An African Theological more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Prologue Part 2 Part I: What is Excellence? Chapter 3 Chapter One: The Making of a New Meaning of Excellence Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Exegeting Excellence Chapter 5 Chapter Three: The Core Features of Excellence Chapter 6 Chapter Four: New Being: Participation and Imitation Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Justice, Love and Hope Part 8 Part II: Social Ethical Framework Chapter 9 Chapter Six: A Framework for Social Ethics Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: Social Practice as Boundary of Possibility Chapter 11 Chapter Eight: Excellence and Economic Development Chapter 12 Epilogueshow more